Noreen Wise

Author of the Secret Tortoise series

Hi, I’m a journalist, author and screenwriter currently living in metro Washington DC. I’m passionate about history and nature, particularly related to how our Founding Fathers’ devoted their lives to not only uniting the 13 colonies into the United States, but also their commitment to the furtherance of botany and botanical principles for the betterment of our democracy. My primary writing focuses are trees, climate action, mysteries, positivity, inspiration, and overcoming obstacles. I work tirelessly to address the global climate crisis and help the American public move in this direction. I’ve spent many hours in the Library of Congress researching historical events and reading Thomas Jefferson’s letters. 

While living in Charlottesville, VA, just a few miles from Thomas Jefferson’s famed Academical Village, I became well-acquainted with, and inspired by, the mysterious secret societies associated with Jefferson’s university, as well as the Freemasons and their connection to our Founding Fathers. My hope is that young people everywhere will become excited about botany, which was of supreme importance to our Founding Fathers, and that America’s youth will use nature as a wonderful guide in life, just as Thomas Jefferson did. Additionally, I’m enthusiastic about readers learning and applying Jefferson’s technique for acquiring knowledge by using the scientific method in day-to-day life: make an observation, ask questions, form a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, create a new hypothesis, test again, and draw a conclusion. Onward and upward. 

An endless series of traumatic events, spanning more than two decades, are what led to my becoming a writer. Whether that be the tornado that flattened the townhouse I was living in at the time (and was home during), or the two active shooters horrors with bullets just missing me by a hair, Stage III invasive cancer, as well as many other life-altering events, all became motivation and fodder for my artistic and passionate pursuit of overcoming emotional anguish through writing. I guess you can say that writing is the positive way I handle negative circumstances. It’s certainly enabled me to get through every hellacious personal trauma I’ve been faced with so far.  

I’m happy to report that I’ve written several children books: Pistachio Peak, Dog Named Zog, and Muffin Huff ’N Puff. My novel Escape is scheduled to be released in May 2021. And I have many more Secret Tortoise books in the works, so please be on the lookout for each new title in the series. I also love podcasting, especially during covid. I hope you’ll take a listen to the Spooky Stories | Secret Tortoise of Sleepy Hollow podcast. 


Acknowledgements for Secret Tortoise series

  •  The Secret Tortoise of Sleepy Hollow, SAGA 1 Books 1-3 Amazon
  • The Secret Oak of Sleepy Hollow Amazon
  •  The Urgent Secret Cipher of Sleepy Hollow Amazon
  •  The Covert Influencer of Sleepy Hollow Amazon


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